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PHOENIX — Stay horse racing is coming again to Turf Paradise in Phoenix in January after a 10-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Turf Paradise, together with the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protecting Affiliation, introduced in a press launch Friday that an 84-day meet will likely be performed from Jan. 2 to Might 1, 2021.
The meet will run on the observe close to nineteenth Avenue and Bell Street 5 days per week, Saturday by means of Wednesday.
Vincent Francia, common supervisor of Turf Paradise, informed KTAR Information 92.3 FM on Saturday that followers won’t be able to observe the races in particular person to start out the meet.
“We’ve at all times appreciated our followers, they’ve been supporting us for 65 years, however we’re in a state of affairs, the coronavirus state of affairs, and which means we comply with the state tips,” Francia mentioned.
“This actually isn’t a race meet for followers proper now due to the virus state of affairs, it’s extra for our horsemen to allow them to earn a residing.”
The earlier season was lower brief on March 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the choice to renew stay racing in January coming after weeks of debate between Turf Paradise administration and the affiliation.
“The AZHBPA is enthusiastic to assist present the chance for horsemen to race near dwelling and be with their households,” Bob Hutton, president Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protecting Affiliation mentioned within the launch.
“Racing near dwelling will assist eradicate pointless journey bills and monetary anxiousness for our members.”
Coaching for the meet will start on Dec. 2.
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